[Blueboard] Lecture on THE FIRES OF REVOLUTION ? SHARED HISTORY, SHARED DESTINY

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Mon Aug 6 17:26:37 PHT 2012


The Chinese Studies Program
School of Social Sciences


invites you to a lecture on


THE FIRES OF REVOLUTION  ?
SHARED HISTORY, SHARED DESTINY


by Ms. TERESITA ANG SEE
on Friday, 10 August 2012
at 4.30-6.00PM
at the Faber Hall Function Room, Ateneo de Manila University

ABSTRACT

The mid-19th to early 20th century was a period of vast, rapid and  
far-reaching changes in every aspect of life ? society, economy,  
politics and culture. Many of the events that happened within and  
around each country had great impact on other countries. In Asia, the  
Chinese and the Filipinos were among the earliest people to aspire for  
freedom. The reform and the revolutionary movements that brought an  
end to China?s Imperial Dynasty and ushered in the Republican period  
had significant impact especially on Southeast Asia including the  
Philippines. Likewise, the Chinese revolutionaries looked up to and  
were inspired by the Filipino revolutionaries who they lauded for  
daring to fight not just one but two white foreign colonialists. Dr.  
Sun Yat-sen, had close relation with the Filipino independence  
movement and its leaders, a situation which is unique in Southeast  
Asia, where his relationship was mainly with the Chinese community.

The revolutionary outburst of 1911 in China acted as a powerful  
stimulus to the new spirit of national and political awakening among  
the Chinese in the Philippines. Compared with the old imperial regime,  
the new Republic paid much more attention to the situation of the  
Chinese communities overseas, whose number and wealth made them a  
factor of great importance to the motherland. Earlier, the  
propagandists and leaders of the three conflicting political groups --  
the reform movement, return to monarchy movement, and the  
revolutionary movement -- actively conducted their campaigns in the  
overseas communities.  With the success of the revolution, intense  
nationalism was invoked with repercussions felt in all overseas  
Chinese communities, including the Philippines. Events in China were  
watched attentively, and the travails and grievances of China were  
immediately reflected in public opinion and discourse among the  
Chinese in the Philippines.

Beyond the impact on the Chinese community, most important and  
significant was the mutual help and support given by the Filipino  
revolutionaries to the Chinese revolutionaries and vice-versa. Chinese  
records are replete with writings of Chinese revolutionaries in praise  
and admiration of the Filipino revolutionaries who dared to fight not  
just one but two foreign white colonizers. This tribute and praise, as  
well as the mutual assistance and support,  was even more unique in  
Southeast Asia.

This period in history reflected even more clearly the close-knit  
relations between the Filipinos and the Chinese as well as the common  
history and a common destiny they shared.

In contemporary times, the Tsinoys have transformed from being mere  
bystanders that let history happen to becoming revolutionists and  
activists themselves who make change happen.


Lecture Series 2012-2013 in celebration of the Chinese Studies Program  
25th Anniversary

Sponsored by the Ateneo de Manila University Ricardo Leong Center for  
Chinese Studies



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Chinese Studies Program
School of Social Sciences, Loyola Schools
Ateneo de Manila University
Room 200, 2/F, Ricardo and Dr. Rosita Leong Hall
Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City 1108,Philippines
Phone (632) 426-6001 locals 5208, 5209
Fax   (632) 929-5397; 926-5118
Email <chinese at admu.edu.ph>

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